Guns, bloody deadly guns again.
I thought after Columbine, America would get it. We didn't.
I thought after Aurora CO.
I knew after Newtown CT.
Nope. Not enough ripped apart children paid with their short lives to fill the coffers of the gun lobbyists at the NRA. More the NRA cried, more guns.
So now three American Yahoos shoot the next person who goes by. A jogger. Why? They were bored. Holy merde, why didn't they just do what stupid teens are supposed to do and play Russian Roulette. At least it would be their stupid lives in jeopardy. When I was bored at 15, 16 and 17 I'd ride my bike by boys houses who I liked, to stare at their house. But then my father living in Texas had the intelligence to not have or want a gun. He'd seen Hitchcock.
So to my friends in Australia, your PM is right. Boycott America for your own safety and avoid us like you'd avoid other gun crazy third world toilet. A bullet proof vest is not a fashion statement in America, but has become a back-to-school article of clothing to go to school, a movie or jog on a hot afternoon. Our infrastructure is already deteriorating into third world, have you seen State Street just north of Roosevelt in Chicago?
The truth is that the USA is an out-of-control country; the gun lobby, the real power base in Washington DC, decides gun law. That means NO gun restrictions.
So yes, avoid. At least until (and IF) America grows up like Australia did and puts the grown ups in charge. Grown ups with the chutzpah and leadership to put people's safety ahead of purveyors of death, the NRA and other gun nutters.
If you want to play quoting of a 18th C document--what about that part "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
I really love that part about "insure domestic Tranquility" and "promote the general Welfare" etc.
I could list all the gun violence of the week, but others like Joe Nocera do it so very well and unfortunately so very regularly. And the bloody week isn't over.
I could list all those rights Americans allow to be regulated, like driving a car with mandatory safety practices and factory-installed gear. Even beds and cribs have laws. Guns. Thanks to GOP they are even virgins relative to liability.
I could list the statistics of how the hicks in sticks are complicit in the death of thousands of Americans in cities by illegally ferrying guns to these cities. Talk about people who need to get a life and leave others to theirs.
The reality is, if little itty bitty little children ripped apart by one gun nut didn't move America's testicleless so-called leadership to enact gun regulation, nothing will. Ever.